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EVGA X58 Classified3

The EVGA X58 Classified3 is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1366/Socket B socket.

It has 24 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the E-ATX form factor standard.

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EVGA X58 Classified3

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1366/Socket Bhelp iconSLI Support3 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconCrossfire Support3 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetIntel X58/ICH10Rhelp iconOnboard GPUno
help iconForm FactorE-ATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 4 x PCIe x8 v2.0
  • 2 x PCIe x16 v2.0
help iconMax RAM24 GB DDR3help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots6 x DDR3help iconSATA 2.06
help iconMemory Channels3help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR3 1600 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear10help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
help iconUSB 3.0 Rear2help iconBack Panel I/O
  • Line In Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v2.x

EVGA X58 Classified3 compatibility review

The EVGA X58 Classified3 uses the Intel LGA 1366/Socket B CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 1600 MHz, and 6 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 24 GB RAM. There is enough room for memory expansion to last any build with this motherboard an extremely long time.

The E-ATX EVGA X58 Classified3 uses a less common standard than the traditional ATX you most often see. As such, you should be wary of its compatibility with other cases, as well as the compatibility of PSUs with the case you choose.

The EVGA X58 Classified3 has 2 SATA 3.0 hard drive slots. These allow for theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 6GB/s, as opposed to the 3GB/s of SATA 2.0. Generally speaking, only high performance hard drives, specifically solid-state drives, will be able to take advantage of the bandwidth potential of SATA 3.0 ports, though it is backwards compatible, so you do not have to take advantage. This motherboard also has 6 SATA 2.0 slots, so numerous SATA hard drives can be connected if desired.

The EVGA X58 Classified3 does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 2 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v2.x, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the EVGA X58 Classified3's PCIe v2.x. The EVGA X58 Classified3 supports up to 3 Nvidia SLI connected graphics cards or up to 3 AMD Crossfire connected graphics cards for improved overall graphical performance at the cost of multiplied graphics-based power consumption as well as the price of the cards themselves.

The EVGA X58 Classified3 has 10 USB 2.0 slots and 2 USB 3.0 slots. USB 3.0 slots are theoretically capable of data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s, which is over 10 times faster than the USB 2.0 top speed of 480 Mbit/s. Although USB 2.0 slots alone currently serve as well as ever, an upgrade would better future-proof your system as more USB 3.0 compatible peripherals emerge. USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, which means you do not even have to use the newer slot functionality if you do not wish to.

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